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December 20, 2022

Jan. 6 Committee Recommends Criminal Charges Against Trump for Capitol Attack

Ask students: Who formed the Jan. 6 committee? Why did the committee recommend criminal charges for former president Donald Trump?


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The committee investigating the January 6 attack on the Capitol is winding up its investigation after 18 months, more than one thousand interviews and ten public hearings. Monday, members voted to approve their final report and recommended that the Department of Justice charge former President Trump with four crimes, including aiding an insurrection. For a transcript of this story, click here.

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Five Facts

  • What is the Jan. 6 committee and what was it established to investigate?
  • Who formed the Jan. 6 committee?
  • When did the Jan. 6 committee conduct its investigation?
  • Why did the committee recommend criminal charges for former president Donald Trump?
  • How else does the committee hope its report will help prevent another attack like Jan. 6?

Focus Questions

Based on this story, how do you think this committee’s report might affect the next presidential election?

Media literacy: What other aspects of the Jan. 6 committee’s work would you want to know more about after watching this story?

For More

What students can do: Check out the timeline of events to see important highlights from the Jan. 6 hearings over the past year as well as to learn about key witnesses and civics terms. Talk with a classmate, family member or teacher about how you feel seeing some of the footage from that day and what development struck you as the most significant.

Republished with permission from PBS NewsHour Classroom.

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PBS NewsHour Classroom helps teachers and students identify the who, what, where and why-it-matters of the major national and international news stories.

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